Coscoroba swan Coscoroba coscoroba
plants, small aquatic invertebrates, fish eggs
southern South America
This is the smallest species of swan.
The male builds the nest from a mass of plants on a site beside the water or on a small island, hidden by tall grass and reeds. He defends it vigorously against those who intrude upon his territory. Male and females mate for life.
Coscoroba swans derive their name from a phonetic transcription of their loud cry, ‘cos-co-roo’.
Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)
- Not evaluatedNE
- Data deficientDD
- Least concernLC
- Near threatenedNT
- Critically endangeredCR
- Extinct in the wildEW